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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz (L) and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed on Monday that the watchdog is looking at potential mishandling of confidential information by former FBI director James Comey in his leaking of memos and that the OIG will "issue a report when the matter is complete," he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The big picture: President Trump has accused Comey of wrongfully disclosing confidential information when he leaked the memos about his interactions with Trump, which fueled the Mueller investigation and accusations of obstruction of justice. The Wall Street Journal reported in April that some of the information in the memos was classified, and now Horowitz is confirming those suspicious.

Other takeaways:

  • Trump and Russia: When asked whether the IG’s report “totally exonerates” Trump, Horowitz said, “We did not look into collusion questions.”
  • Comey bias: When asked by Sen. Cornyn whether Comey's actions had his own political future in mind, believing that Hillary Clinton would win the election, Horowitz said that his decision in the Weiner laptop case made it more apparent that Comey "was concerned about his survivability."
  • FBI bias: Horowitz added that the IOG is "not convinced" that the decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over the Anthony Weiner laptop and Hillary Clinton email investigation was free from bias.
  • Witch hunt: FBI’s Christopher Wray said, “Senator as I said to you last month and as I said before, I do not believe special counsel Mueller is on a witch hunt.”

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Special Envoy for Haiti resigns over Biden deportations

Daniel Foote testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on May 26, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

Why it matters: Ambassador Daniel Foote's resignation comes amid heightened anger over the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers living in a temporary encampment in Del Rio, Texas — especially after images surfaced of Border Patrol agents whipping at the migrants from horseback.

First-time homebuyers shrink as prices spike

Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals

Home sales cooled as prices continued to heat up in August.

Driving the news: The share of first-time existing homebuyers (29%) last month was the smallest in two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors.

Mike Allen, author of AM
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Airbnb co-founders double Afghan refugee program to 40,000

Afghan refugees arriving at Dulles International Airport in Virginia in August 2021. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and co-founder Joe Gebbia said during a visit to Washington on Wednesday that they're offering temporary housing to 40,000 Afghan refugees worldwide, doubling a previous commitment.

The big picture: The housing typically lasts several weeks, and Airbnb and Airbnb.org provide subsidies to hosts. Hosts and donors also help pay.